Friday, March 8, 2013

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Brian Runge

Umpire Brian Runge
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Brian Runge.
Name: Brian Edward Runge
Date of Birth: January 5, 1970
Place of Birth: San Diego, California

MiLB Leagues Worked: Northwest, Arizona Instructional, South Atlantic, California, Eastern, Pacific Coast.
MLB Debut: 1999 (NL)
MLB Finale: 2012 (MLB) [14 Years of Service]
Final Game: August 30, 2012
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 18
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Tim McClelland -cc, Wally Bell, Marvin Hudson.

Ejections, Career: 9
First Career Ejection: 8/24/2000 (Lou Piniella)
Final Ejection: 7/11/2010 (Carlos Silva)
Ejection History: 0 (2005), 1 (2006), 1 (2007), 3 (2008), 1 (2009), 1 (2010), 0 (2011), 0 (2012).

UEFL History: Brian Runge

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: -
All-Star Game: 2012
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 2004, 2007, 2008
Championship Series: -
World Series: -

Notes: Dismissed from MLB service in 2013 due to alleged drug violation, marking the first known instance of umpire termination due to a violation of Major League Baseball's Umpire Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.
>> He was replaced by Chris Conroy, promoted to the Major League staff on June 14, 2013.

14 comments :

Gil Imber said...

I am so glad I read the comments first. As I was watching the video I was able to follow along with the conversation. That is priceless!

Gil Imber said...

Oh yes they do, sir. Joe Simpson has criticized many a Braves player, and he is perfectly within his right to criticize umpires if he wants. I'm not the oh polarizing about it, you are.

Gil Imber said...

If he wants to sound like an idiot on the air, that's his right.

Gil Imber said...

I'll give you a good example of a disgusted look. Tim Hudson had a disgusted look a couple of years back with Eddings behind the plate. He stared in, said nothing as he waited for the ball. After he turned around, Eddings stepped out, ripped his mask off and yelled, "Hey, I said it was OUTSIDE!" Eddings of course has a track record with the Braves going back to his absolute baiting of Johnny Estrada. He didn't eject Hudson but they had a face to face discussion between the mound and the plate. Considering that Hudson said nothing (which replays clearly showed) Eddings had no call to do what he did. That's an example of injecting yourself into the game.

And yes, a roadie supposedly favors the road team. I had no idea what it was either until I saw this writer's accusation. I can't offer proof of that but I've seen the accusation a couple of times. But I've seen him enough to know he has a reputation as being sub-par. Please tell me you remember his stint on Cowboy Joe's crew and the number of ejections they had. That was an all-timer.

Gil Imber said...

Sorry but that will never happend. Angel Hernandez has earned his reputation. Its the same thing as Balkin Bob Davidson. Bob Davidson has his reputation for his frequent balk calls.

Gil Imber said...

It has been proven that they had access to the television feed and all the angles - how he missed it is beyond me. MLB should make the face reporters like they make the players and managers...

Gil Imber said...

You're kidding, right? Understand professional vs personal and then you can reasonably contribute to the debate.

Gil Imber said...

This is just ... funny. Have a beer, or ten. You seem tense.

Gil Imber said...

You are right but I do think it's "wrong" in general. With the new emphasis with the umpires in the Majors being getting the call right and no longer "giving it" to the players - I think that needs to trickle down to all areas of the game - the players, managers and announcers.

Gil Imber said...

How fucking dare anyone out there make fun of Angel after all he has been through!!!
HE’S A HUMAN! What you don’t realize is that Angel is making all these correct calls and all you do is say a bunch of crap about him!
LEAVE HIM ALONE! You are lucky he even umpired for you BASTARDS!
LEAVE ANGEL ALONE!…..Please!!!
Leave Angel Hernandez alone RIGHT NOW!….I mean it!
Anyone that has a problem with him you deal with me, because he is a great umpire right now!!!
LEAVE ANGEL ALONE!

Gil Imber said...

Is this sarcasm? Or just batshit craziness?

Gil Imber said...

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/leave-britney-alone

Gil Imber said...

1) Who were the five who actually thought Angel blew this call? Show yourselves and speak up.


2) Hopefully you stuck around for the next video on the list (as of 7:30pm CT on Wednesday) and watched the explosion off the bat of Carlos Gomez, and the explosion that happened after his home run. I think the umps botched SEVERAL ejections on that one, but I know we'll see another post come up a bit later.

Gil Imber said...

Dammit. I had that crap removed out of my brain. And now it's crept back in. Time to hit the bottle.


Also, talk about pulling one from way back (at least in meme-time).

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